9th September 2020


UK Athletics has today announced a staff restructure at the governing body, as part of a package of measures to rebuild the organisation and ensure it continues to be fit for the future.

The restructure, as well as reflecting the new business priorities of the organisation, will ensure UK Athletics remains viable during a period of reduced income.

The plans that have been initiated will see a reduction in the organisation’s staff headcount with a consultation process commencing today (9th September) until 14th October.

Joanna Coates CEO said:

“This announcement today is difficult news for some but also essential for the health of the sport moving forwards.

“There are a number of factors that have meant we need to reduce our head count, not being able to stage our biggest events this summer will obviously have had a significant financial impact as will the changing face of our broadcast arrangements.

“But it’s important to note that regardless of these issues the business would still have seen a lot of changes take place at this time. As a sport we are rebuilding, and I have often used the term needing a ‘rewire’. Whilst change can be incredibly difficult, it is also an opportunity for us to ensure we are a healthy governing body, with a long-term strategy delivering successfully through to 2032.

“We have a new approach, putting the athletes first and a strategy that will see us putting the athletics family at the heart of what we do. Today is another step towards realising that goal.”